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Posts in October 2004

Two Days

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-10-31 00:00:00
So, two days before the election. What do y'all think?

I'm a little worried about it being a close election. If it's even remotely a tight race, it may take more than a month to finally get the results certified. I can't take that kind of crap again. I'll go crazy. Honestly.

One thing in President Bush's favor is that Osama bin Laden released a video that all but endorsed John Kerry. President Bush may get a bump from that video.

Let's just get it over with I say.

Red Sox Win World Series!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-10-28 00:00:00
Huzzah!

For the first time in 86 years, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series, thus breaking the Curse of the Bambino! The Red Sox swept the Anaheim Angels, won four straight against the Yankees after losing three straight, then swept the Cardinals 4 games to none in a best of seven series when they shut out the Cards in St. Louis 3-0.

I laughed. I cried. It moved me. Make no mistake, the Red Sox are the best team in baseball. After dominating the Cardinals so handily, the three losses to the Yanks are beginning to look like a fluke.

Three cheers for our beloved Red Sox!

Hip, hip, HUZZAH! Hip, hip, HUZZAH! Hip, hip, HUZZAH!

Eat that, ya dirty Yanks.

Till Death Do Them Part

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-27 00:00:00
Tonight I'm taking engagement photos for a friend of mine and her new fiance out at Herman Park. It was only a couple weeks ago that I heard of the sudden and most urgent news of them "tying the knot". In this particular instance, the bride-to-be is "with child".

Now, I have my own personal thoughts about 2 people getting married because of an OOPS! But I thought the peanut gallery could chime in first.

Can two people who date off and on for months come together for a lifetime in holy matrimony to make it work for the child?

My first question to anyone considering taking those steps towards marital bliss would be, "Do you love him/her?".

Two people + love = marriage.

But what about marriage for the sake of rearing a child--Is love even a factor? In all reality it is possible to turn "like" to "love" over time, yeah?

Is it better to marry, try and divorce or to have never tried at all?

I love my friend. I miss her laugh.

I wish her all the love in the world Decemeber 18th, 2004.

Because you just never know

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-26 00:00:00
I got a forward from someone today with the subject line: "This is Spooooooooky". It ended up being THE LAMEST EMAIL ON THE PLANET. It was the usual, "You have to scroll down for 3 minutes because you have that kind of time till you get to all these asterisks and then make a wish, probably the one you've been making ever since you were old enough to blow out candles and then email 10 people who you know could care about as much as you did for the junk mail but 'you just never know' " kind of message attached.

The Phone Will Ring Right After You Do This. Just read the little stories and think of a wish as you scroll all the way to the bottom. Whatever age you are, is the number of minutes it will take for your wish to come true. ex. you are 25 years old, it will take 25 minutes for your wish to come true).

I wished for world peace. That was 26 minutes ago. It didn't happen.

However, if you don't send this to people in 5 minutes, you will have bad luck for years!!

I rarely email on lame forwards, unless I'm in that place where I like to further the spam movement, especially if they're animals dressed as humans!

I guess the next 5 years aren't gonna be my best. ;op

What do you get a guy who has everything?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-26 00:00:00
My "almost boyfriend"'s birthday is in a couple weeks.

I'm having trouble channeling my creative juices for a project.

Need help.

Who is Charlie Brooker?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-24 00:00:00
I followed a link from [The Drudge Report] to an article in [The Guardian] by a guy named Charlie Brooker.

The article, titled [Dumb Show], is the most vile, hateful, and ridiculous piece of psuedo-journalism I've ever read. It is an opinion piece on the Presidential debates. Brooker shares the following inspirations with his readers:

Quite frankly, the man's either wired or mad. If it's the former, he should be flung out of office: tarred, feathered and kicked in the nuts. And if it's the latter, his behaviour goes beyond strange, and heads toward terrifying.

Throughout the debate, John Kerry, for his part, looks and sounds a bit like a haunted tree. But at least he's not a lying, sniggering, drink-driving, selfish, reckless, ignorant, dangerous, backward, drooling, twitching, blinking, mouse-faced little cheat.

John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?

At first I thought, who the heck is Charlie Brooker? So I [looked him up]. It turns out that he's a comedian. A funny-man. He has a website called tvgohome.com. His brand of comedy doesn't make me chuckle, though. For someone who's supposed to bring happiness, he sure is filled with hate.

Mostly, I'd say that this article simply evinces that Bush has the world's liberals shaking in their collective boots. We definitely need more of that.

Star Power

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-24 00:00:00
[Cher] and [Rosie O'Donnell] have publicly come out in favor of John Kerry. Recently, they spoke to sold out crouds -er- dozens of people about it.

Okay, okay, that's not entirely true. Cher was supposed to speak to thousands but had to make due with a couple hundred. Rosie only managed 38. Can anyone say "disappointing?" I thought that these two had star power.

My favorite quote by Cher:

All the gay guys, all my friends, all my gay friends, you guys you have got to vote, alright? Because it would only be a matter of time before you guys would be so screwed, I cannot tell you. Because, you know, the people, like, in the very right wing of this party, of these Republicans, the very very right wing, the Jerry Falwell element, if they get any more power, you guys are going to be living in some state by yourselves. So, I hate scare tactics, but I really believe that that's true.

She hates scare tactics so much that she uses them? Please.

My favorite Rosie quote:

[T]he rich, corporate, horrible, horrible people who have been destructing and ruining everything this country was made on has been really unbelievably damaging to all of us spiritually, emotionally, monetarily.

Monetarily? So that's why she so anti-Bush; she's mad that she's losing money. Between you and me, I'd say that it has more to do with her choices than with Bush's.

No wonder no one is coming to their shows. Or maybe people would rather they simply stick to what made them famous: that is, their talent is in entertainment, not politics ... and believe me, it shows.

Sunday is my fun day

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-24 00:00:00
I missed church today. I can't remember the last time I missed church. I would have gone but for a slight emergency. My dad was trying to fix the car this morning when a bit of battery acid fell into his eye. We took him to the emergency room and I think it will be okay now. Also his back went out. But don't worry, folks, we'll strap him into the back of the truck for the ride to McKinney tommorrow. He won't be late for work.

"I wish it were Sunday ... 'cause that's my fun day."

Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-24 00:00:00
My friend (we'll call her Kirty) and I were talking recently about being latin in America. It reminded me of a poem I read while I was taking an American Studies class a couple of semesters ago. The poem is called "Legal Alien" and is by Pat Mora. Here is a snippet:


an American to Mexicans
a Mexican to Americans
a handy token
sliding back and forth
between the fringes of both worlds
by smiling
by masking the discomfort
of being pre-judged
Bi-laterally.

I know exactly what Mora is talking about. Growing up latino in a white world has its pros and cons. Of course, when Kirty and I watch George Lopez there is no question - we are latino.

Early Voting

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-10-22 00:00:00
Well, I waited an hour and 45 minutes to vote early today. On top of that, I had to drive from Baytown to The Woodlands because I'm registered in Montgomery County. There are tons of people voting. Myself, I voted a straight Libertarian ticket.

Ha ha! Fooled ya. I voted a straight Republican ticket. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

Bosox Crush Yanks; Greatest Comeback Ever

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-10-21 00:00:00
For the first time ever, a MLB team in a best of seven series lost the first three games and won the series anyway. It's never been done by any baseball team. How fitting that the Red Sox are the ones who, facing elimination at every game, totally destroy the Yankees morale. Curt Schilling deserves to be Americal League MVP for his stellar performance on an injured ankle.

YANKEES SUCK. GO RED SOX!

As it is, the Cardinals forced Game 7 in the National League Championship Series, so tonight the Astros' Roger Clemens will face the Cards' Suppan in the Loo (St. Louis to those of you who actually like St. Louis). Go Rocket!

An Astros/Red Sox World Series would kill me. Go 'STROS!

Que hora es?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-21 00:00:00
Lately I've been in a place where I've felt there's this new urgency I've put on "time".

What helped me to realize that I'm doing that is this friend of mine. They have this nonchalant, "There's always tomorrow" kind of way about them when we're together. I'm feeling quite the opposite, like, "WE HAVE TO DO MORE AND DO IT NOW!!". Well, you'd never know it just by the look of me, but sometimes I'm thinking it. *wink Which is very much different from the "Eat a bowl of Cheerios and take a nap" Becca we all know and love.

I think it's a matter of letting too much time pass by without giving it its due respect. For example, I just got off the phone with one of the Agents I work with. At the end of the conversation instead of saying, "Cya! Bye!" he said, "Thanks for your time". Awh, like it was a gift I handed over on a silver platter. :o)

I guess you could also say that I'm feeling like time is this fragile, fleeting thing. And because it's really good at fleeting, I want to grab on to its coat tails and yank it back beside me.

What to do...

Observations while watching TV last night.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-21 00:00:00
  • On Letterman, Rupert always chooses a pretty girl.
  • No matter what she does, Heather Locklier beautiful.
  • I don't like Fear Factor. And I never have.
  • Leno is funnier than Letterman.
  • Conan is funnier than everyone.
  • Sweaters are a lot of things, but they are not sexy.
  • The Olsen twins are billionaires who need a lot of help.
  • TV rots your brain
  • There's something about girls with guitars.
  • Sometimes a laugh masks uncertain reflection.
  • Well groomed hair makes all the difference
  • "Marriages are like flowers, the fake ones last the longest."
  • I need a motorcycle
  • Antennas can be tricky.

For Justin

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-21 00:00:00
Four Major League Baseball fans went rock climbing: a Yankee fan, a Red Sox fan, an Astros fan, and a Cardinals fan. They had been arguing all the way up the mountain about who amongst them loved their team more and was the most "diehard" fan. The argument grew hotter and hotter and the four fans grew more and more agitated. Such was the emotion that upon reaching the top of the mountain, the Yankee fan proclaimed loudly and earnestly to the other three, "This is for the New York Yankees!" and without a moments hesitation threw himself off the mountain. The supreme sacrifice! Not to be outdone by a Yankee fan, the Red Sox fan jumped up and cried out, "This is for the Boston Red Sox!" and quickly threw himself off the mountain, also willing to sacrifice himself to prove his devotion to his team. Refusing to be outdone by the Yankee and Red Sox fans, the Astros fan rose to his feet, summoned up every ounce of his courage, and yelled at the top of his lungs,! "This is for the Houston Astros!" and without a moment's hesitation, shoved the Cardinals fan off the mountain! GO ASTROS!

They can't be serious.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-21 00:00:00
My friends, the ridiculous European Union has made a blunder on the scale of the United Nations. That's right, my friends, the EU was faced with the weapons program of Syria --a nation that harbors terrorists-- and they failed miserably.

[Here is a link to the story at the World Tribune.]

The title of the article says it all: "EU agreement allows Syria to keep WMD."

Somebody please tell me they aren't serious. Does the EU really think that if these rogue countries simply say they won't do anything with their weapons that they will keep their word? History has proven these countries (like Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Germany -- pre-WWII) to be blatant liars. When will Europe learn?

John Kerry has the same sort of mentality as the EU. He wants to give nuclear fuel to Iran. That's right, my friends, just one more reason to vote for Bush.

Miracles

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-21 00:00:00
Yesterday I was witness to a miracle. They happen all the time. I know this.

AFL: Little Known Facts

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-21 00:00:00
Here are a few little known facts about Glenn Reynolds:

  • He is an avid spelunker
  • He keeps a secret diary where he plots out his plans to slowly take over the entire internet.
  • He has false teeth.
  • The first puppy he liquified was named Sweet Lips
  • There is no relation to the guy who owns the plastic wrap.

A Little Bit Me

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-19 00:00:00
You all should go [here] immediately. Then come back and finish reading this.

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Back? Good. What you saw is a picture of the dirt road that I go on every day to get to the apartment where my father and I live. The dirt makes for an extremely dusty vehicle. The road is narrow, so look out for oncoming traffic; although to be fair, there is little. At night, the drive is downright spooky. That's right, my friends, I said spooky.

Brazilian Bracelet

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-19 00:00:00
Did I ever tell you that my friend Ali went to Brazil? Well, she did. When she came back, I met her at DFW airport and she gave me this:

I still wear it almost everyday. Why? Because it rocks, that's why!

Read more...

Election Prediction

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-19 00:00:00
Okay, my friends, I am going to make a prediction right now about who will win this election. Granted, it is still too early for anyone to really know what will happen. Nevertheless, I have a gut feeling about this.

Ready?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I predict that George W. Bush will win this election with a ten point lead.

I know what you're thinking, why would el Seco make this prediction. Well, I'll tell you. Not only is Bush up in the polls, but I think he has the silent majority behind him with regards to the single most important issue of this election and this century: the war on terror.

Remember, you heard it here first, folks.

Slick Hair = Slick Politician

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-19 00:00:00
I don't suppose we should make too much of [this], but as Michelle Malkin says, John Edwards is the most prissy of the candidates.

Go on and check it out. Edwards spends an uncomfortable amount of time on his hair preparatory to an on-camera interview. C'mon, girlie-man, get with it. Every candidate spends some time on their hair, but this is ridiculous.

Let's be fair, this has little to do with his ability to lead (even though he is a lousy candidate). Ahem. Take it for what it is, my friends.

Got Boo?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-18 00:00:00
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

When Joel tries to have Clemetine erased from his mind, he finds he just can't get her out of his heart.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content.
2003 108 min

I was listening to Usher this morning on 104.9FM. It's his new song with Alicia Keys "My Boo". A couple verses go as follows:

Usher: There's always that one person that will always have your heart You never see it coming cause you're blinded from the start Know that you're that one for me, it's clear for everyone to see Ooh baby, you will always be my boo

Alicia: Now if you loved when we were younger you were mine And when I see from time to time I still feel like, (that's my baby) And if I see you no matter how I try to hide (I can't hide it) And even though there's another man who's in my life, you will always be my boo

No matter how hard Joel tried to literally erase Clemey from his heart he couldn't, no matter how many recesses in his mind he tried to hide her in. Same with Usher and Alicia. They're singing about two people who held such a special place for each other that, they too, can't be erased from each others heart ever. Why would you try to forget a love like that?

Great movie. Great song.

I Have Returned

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-10-18 00:00:00
So. First my car broke down. Then my cell phone went out. Then my car was fixed. Then before I could even pick it up, it broke down again. Then it was fixed. I picked it up. Then it broke down. Again. Then none of those jerks in Pasadena would let me use their phone, except one lady who looked at me like I was John Wayne Gacy and finally relented.

To the people of Pasadena: I hate every one of you, except that cool guy that helped me push my car out of the middle of the road. He was probably only passing through Pasadena though, because the rest of the people who live Pasadena SUCK.

Now I'm at my uncle's house, and at a computer with internet capabilities for the first time in eons.

I'm in a bad mood.

Peculiar

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-17 00:00:00
Deuteronomy 14:2

For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Today in church, Brother R. said that he's noticed throughout his life that he never quite fits in except at church. I think that I'm the same way. Well, it depends on who I'm with. Justin and I, for example, fit well together. Good Christians are always "peculiar" like that, never totally in sync with a corrupt world. That's just how it is, and it is a good thing.

Debate Watch 2004

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-15 00:00:00
A couple of days ago, the student life organization of Collin County Communittee College showed the debate in front of about a thousand people. Afterward, we had a discussion on what was said during the debate. The topics that interested those that attended varied quite a bit. I was particularly surprized at the number of Kerry supporters who came. I mean, we are in Texas afterall.

My dad also came. They gave him a Bush/Cheney button, which he sported all day yesterday. I asked him if his company minded that he do that. He told me that he was the boss. Can't argue with that.

Student Politics

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-15 00:00:00
The students that spoke out after the debate watch at school spoke quite a bit about the war, abortion, minimum wage, and gay marriage.

The war on terror. For some reason, liberals think that the war on terror should only be fought in Afghanistan. Well, the war on terror does not begin and end with Osama Bin Laden, as hard as it is to swallow. The fact is that we have caught or captured over a thousand terrorists in over a hundred countries. If we limit our focus to Afghanistan, we miss out on most of the terror in the world. Not only would that be irresponsible, it is plain stupid. Get the facts straight before you come to the table, my liberal friends.

Abortion. Here is the most common thing I heard the students say regarding abortion: "I don't believe in it for me, but I wouldn't take the choice away from anyone else." My friends, this little tidbit falls hopelessly short of logical thinking. It is a cop-out of choosing a side. They are trying to straddle both sides of the issue. In the words of the good Lord, you can't serve two masters. You can't have it both ways. If you truly believe it is murder to abort a child, then how could you ever condone it for someone else. This is the same thing that Kerry is trying to do by saying he wouldn't legislate his "article of faith" on anyone. Well, that is exactly what laws all are. We make laws based on our collective concience and the bottom line is that most people are against abortion. Period.

Raising the minimum wage. If you think that raising the minimum wage to seven dollars an hour will give people more money, you are right. Unfortunately, the value of that money will stay the same. It is simple economics. The number one expense of business is payroll. If you raise the rate of pay, businesses will compensate by charging more or by letting more people go. Raising the minimum wage will lead to more job loss and the devaluation of the dollar. Sorry folks, that's eco 101.

Gay marriage. Against gay marriage? Vote for Bush. For gay marriage? Vote for Kerry. Wait. Don't. Kerry has never come out for gay marriage. He's against it. Sorry folks, that's how it is.

The Willies and the Heebie Jeebies

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-14 00:00:00
Well, it's that time of year again...Hallow's Eve. I've forgotten the background of why it's called that and why we dress like demons. That's not the point.

My point is this: For the second time this week, when I've gone in to my boss' office to get his trash, this weird chanting Prince of Darkness music starts playin' right when I walk in.

I'm kinda creeped out.

Don't be hatin'

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-13 00:00:00
The Tennesee Dems are hatin' somethin' fierce. This a flyer they put out recently.

I admit that I laughed when I first read it ... hey it's funny ... but it is still very wrong. Hey Dems, don't be hatin'.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-12 00:00:00
This evening as I sat painting my toes a dainty pink hue, I caught myself in an instant thinking, "How silly and vain I am to be worrying about what my ol' grubby feet look like anyhow"...anyhow because a dear friend of my mom's and the faculty where she works are losing her to an aggressive battle with cancer...cancer that she swore up and down wouldn't infect her...wouldn't go to doctors or listen to sound advice...so sound it now screams in between her "what ifs" and "if onlys"...only to be losing her toenails due to the extreme circumstances the treatment puts her under...under the blankets to keep her warm...blankets in silly, vain, dainty hues...

The Savior knew what He was doing when He colored this world. We just have to practice letting our love brush away the bitter taint that comes from a dab or two of the mortality we all share.

Courage when it counts

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-11 00:00:00
In Australia, [a sixty-year-old woman tackled a crocodile that was attacking a man and dragging him into the water]. The croc was 14 feet long, and the woman suffered a broken arm, cuts, and bruises.

What does it take to throw one's self in harms way in order to protect someone else? I mean, sure Steve Irwin does this stuff every day, but he's a professional. Crocodiles are killers, and this lady tackles it head on.

Kinda makes you stop and think a second.

Political attitudes and Tax loop holes

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-11 00:00:00
The Bush campaign is [running an ad] that cites a New York Times Magazine article of an interview with John Kerry.

In the magazine article, a largely analytical cover story by Matt Bai, Kerry is asked "what it would take for Americans to feel safe again."

"We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance," the article states as the Massachusetts senator's reply.

"As a former law enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life."

The Bush campaign is saying that Kerry doesn't understand the nature of the war on terror. That it is not a police action, and they are right. The war on terror is not a police action dealing with a "nuisance." It is a war and something that can be won. How can it be won, you ask? Just like the President has said: by spreading freedom.




From [the Drudge Report]:

Middle Class Said To Pay Higher Tax Rate Than Heinz Kerry And Kerry
Mon Oct 11 2004 10:22:17 ET

Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, writes in the WALL STREET JOURNAL on Monday: "According to the Kerrys' own tax records, and they have not released all of them, the couple had a combined income of $6.8 million in income last year and paid $725,000 in income taxes. That means their effective tax rate was a whopping 12.8%.... "Under the current tax system the middle class pays far more than the Kerry tax rate. In fact, the average federal tax rate -- combined payroll and income tax -- for a middle-class family is closer to 20% or more. George W. and Laura Bush, who had an income one- tenth of the Kerrys', paid a tax rate of 30%. ...

For someone who complains so much about how little the rich pay in taxes, Kerry sure does look for the least amount he has to pay. I would think that he would try and pay more in taxes than he has to.

Afgan Elections a Success

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-11 00:00:00
The elections in Afganistan were a great success. Was there ever a doubt? Well, of course there was. Go to [Instapundit] for a roundup of election news.

My favorite excerpts:

I genuinely got the feeling that this was the people's opportunity and that's why in Kandahar the problem with the ink is being laughed out of town.

"Yesterday was a big defeat for the Taliban and a huge defeat for al-Qaida," Lt. Gen. David Barno, the top American commander in Afghanistan, told The Associated Press. "It shows that the political process is overwhelming any influence they may have."

What has been most remarkable is the large scale participation of women. In the northern Balkh province, women came out in their bridal finery -- with beads around their necks and henna on their hands -- to vote.

Fell on deaf ears

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-11 00:00:00
Joe called last night. We at the HUB like to call him "Suave Joe". So he calls to invite me out to FHE. At the HUB we're divided in to smaller, "family size" groups for FHE that meet on any given night. Part of the conversation went as follows:

"So you know Kendall, right?", he says.
"Yeah, she's the blonde", I says.
"Well, she's your mom....and guess WHO'S YOUR DADDY??", he cackles.

Golly, I couldn't help, but sigh to myself that I just don't hear that phrase enough...

Debate Watch. Part, the Second

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-09 00:00:00
The blogosphere has judged George W. Bush the winner of last night's debate with democratic opponent, John F. Kerry. A good round up of the bloggers' opinions can be found at [Allah Pundit].

So we ask the question, how did our man do? Very well, thank you. You know, before the debate, Hannity was saying that these debates won't make much of a difference. I'm not wholly convinced. I will say that these debates are determined mostly on who looks better, not on who debates better.

Final thoughts: I'll say that Bush wins --not because he had better style (and he did)-- because he is right. Period.

My forked tongue friend

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-08 00:00:00
A couple of nights ago, I walked into the apartment where I live to find a four-foot snake literally inches away from by mid-section.

It scared the pants off of me. (that's just an expression, kids, don't get excited)

Don't worry, though, I quickly overcame my initial start. I expertly captured the serpent and put him expeditiously in a bag with no harm to either reptile or mammal.

My dad did not like the idea of sleeping in the same room as a snake. The snake spent the night outside.

The animal control people say that the snake was relocated to a near-by stream and will be fine.

no animals were harmed in the making of this rant

Right War / Right Time

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-07 00:00:00
Kerry has often said of the war in Iraq that it is "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." It often seems as though the left feels that the war on terror begins and ends with the capture of Osama bin Laden. Don't get me wrong, bin Laden needs to go down and the sooner the better, but the fact of the matter is that terrorism is a world wide problem. For example, did you know that we've arrested terrorists in over one hundred countries? Rest assured, my friends, this is the right war at the right time. There are those in this world that want our destruction and if their evil is successful, it will only be because the good people of this country did nothing. Thank goodness we have a president who wakes up in the morning, plants his feet firmly on the floor and says, "let's kill some terrorists!"

Quirky Parents

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-07 00:00:00
There is a senior center near by dad's work. The minimum age requirement is fifty, which means that my parents are just old enough to go. They call it "the old folk's home."

Flight 989

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-10-05 00:00:00
I'm watching a capital city move in to action. People talk about cities having a "pulse"--something that pumps transit systems through their highway veins to the next metropolis of streetlights and city blocks. Each has a unique blend of pop culture and society norms (sometimes one in the same) all their own.

There is nothing about this city to distract from how plainly ordinary it is. Neverminding the occassional marketing ploy for Arnold, it has a steady suburban rhythm. Like being one of the natives, the sale prices still apply, no one can tell just by the look that you're Texan, and living from a suitcase will eventually draw loneliness.

But there is something about being away from your own "hometown ordinary". If you're here long enough you can learn how fast you can make it to downtown from Weald Way Rd. You begin to notice how generic the cornerstores and billboards actually are and thus, becoming less and less occupied by novelty. Courtesy isn't found any less the more you head South. And you can't make up time by going faster down Highway 5 behind Lexus #7 of the day.

Though I haven't sought out their Chinatown, there is the usual overcommercialized "historic district" coincidentally under construction in places, peddling salt water taffy and nickle fudge--"Mom & Pop" boutiques for the disinterested Sactonian to bring visiting relatives for 2 for 1 bargains.

Everyone has faith--religious or not. A belief that a particular and specific action will move you towards a desired outcome, most often times the forseen outcome is a mere hope that it will be so, if rightly pursued. Faith that your Hyundai will wheel you to your corporate empire and to payday then to the Hampton's and back to a remodeled condo.

Faith to move. Move dreams toward interpretation. Move thoughts in to storytelling. Move you...there. Faith is action.

So I hooked a ride on Flight 989, connecting first in Phoenix, before it got me here--in the best weather!! Every time I take a vacation I spend most of my time blocking out everything Texan and think about where I wanna move to next--as in change, maybe a lil' revamping. Sometimes it takes a good 8 days away to clear your mind and remember how good you have it here or there--Cali or down South.

Sacramento is swell.

:o)

Astros In Playoffs

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-10-04 00:00:00
The 'stros played the Colorado Rockies yesterday in a win-and-you're-in situation. If the Astros won yesterday, they'd clinch the Wild Card spot and fly to Atlanta to play the hated, despicable, evil Braves. They beat the Rockies 5-3. They'll fly to Atlanta tomorrow and start a best of five series against the Braves on Wednesday night.

If the Killer Bs (Bagwell, Beltran, Berkman, and Biggio) continue to produce the runs, and Roger "Rocket" Clemens and Roy Oswalt (aka Roy O) continue to be the 1-2 punch that they have been, the 'stros could knock the wind out of the Braves and pick up three games against them in the playoffs for the first time ever.

Since the Astros management fired Jimy Williams after the All-Star Game, the 'stros have really turned over a new leaf. Since August 15th, the Astros are 37-10. That's the league's best record since Aug. 15th this year, and the only other team to have a better record during that time span is the 1951 Giants.

Expect the 'Stros to move at least to the National League Championship Series, and don't be surprised to hear the 'stros are in the World Series.

Tis better to have loved

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-04 00:00:00
I watched Good Will Hunting on TV last night. It is one of my favorite movies. A particular scene struck a chord with me.

Matt Damon's character, Will Hunting, went out with Minnie Driver's characer once and then didn't want to call her again for fear that she would make a mistake at some point and then appear imperfect to him. So by not calling her, he avoids disappointment later on. Or is he actually avoiding her because he doesn't want to seem imperfect to her? Thus, by not calling, he remains a perfect man to her. Maybe the truth is a little of both.

Regardless, Robin Williams' character counsels Hunting to call the girl because it is given that they are both imperfect and that neither should be looking for the perfect person, rather the perfect match. "She isn't perfect, the question is, is she perfect for you?" Then Williams' says, "that is what intimacy is all about." What?! Intimacy is all about finding out one's compatibility with another person? Is that right?

Stop Nuclear Proliferation

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-04 00:00:00
My friends, I've talked about it before. I've told you how scary John Kerry is. [QandO] pointed it out again effectively.

From an article in [Yahoo! News, "Iran Rebuffs Kerry Nuclear Proposal:"]

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday rebuffed a proposal by U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry who has suggested supplying the Islamic state with nuclear fuel for power reactors if Tehran agrees to give up its own fuel-making capability.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said it would be "irrational" for Iran to put its nuclear program in jeopardy by relying on supplies from abroad.

"We have the technology (to make nuclear fuel) and there is no need for us to beg from others," Asefi told a weekly news conference.

My friends, like I said [before], these people are terrorists. They are not to be trusted, and John Kerry wants to give them nuclear fuel. This is absolutely ridiculous. So ridiculous, that Iran itself rejected the offer of nuclear fuel from Kerry. My friends, this is Kerry's idea of "bringing in allies" or "foreign policy." We can do a lot better.

Saddam had links to terror

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-04 00:00:00
I hate to say I told you so.

Actually, the September 11th commission said as much, although most like to distort that tidbit. The 9/11 commission said that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11, but he did have ties to Al Qaeda. Now, [Cybercast News Service] has found 42 documents that shed a lot of light on what Saddam had been doing. Was there ever any doubt? Well, yes, there was.

[Power Line] has an interesting quote of the story:

Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders.

There you have it, folks.

What's in a name?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-03 00:00:00
Growing up with a name like Abinadi has inherent occupational hazards. My classmates and peers gleefully shared with me every possible permutation of pronunciations, or rather mispronunciations, of my poor name. The worst was the first day of class when the teacher would read my name off of the roll. They would butcher it every time, without fail. Surprizingly for many, I never developed a nickname. I never shortened my name for the ease of others' tongues. I've stuck with Abinadi. (note: el Seco is just a gimmick, an on-line handle; in life, I insist on my given name)

I think that a name is important. It is a fundamental part of who you are. I was named after a prophet in the Book of Mormon who died for his belief in Jesus Christ. My name is as much a part of who I am and what I do as faith and way of thinking.

When I was baptized, I took upon myself the name of Jesus Christ as well. Shakespeare's Juliet once asked, "What's in a name?" Plenty, my friends, plenty.

Reflections: The Presidential Debate

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-02 00:00:00
Everyone is talking about the Kerry-Bush debate. Everyone is speculating on who won the debate. Personally, while I normally root for Bush, I didn't really see that either of them stood out that much. Most people agree that Kerry won; however, they are also saying that they are still very undecided. I can agree that Kerry looked better, but I feel that Bush made better points.

It is high time for our incumbent to step up his game. Although so far he is still ahead in the polls, we've got to fight this like we were down. Go Bush!

New Apostles Sustained

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-10-02 00:00:00
I knew this day would eventually come. As I write, two new apostles have been sustained in [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]. Their names are Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder David A. Bednar.

Interestingly, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf is a native German. I am going to go out on a limb here, because I am not sure, and say that this is the first native German in the quorum of the twelve. Also interestingly, Elder Bednar is currently the president of Brigham Young University. I wonder how long that will last now that he is an apostle. They will both speak at this conference.

Read more about it [here].